Special delivery for baby unit

Phoebe Whippey, 11, front left, and Emily Howarth, 16, front right, donate blankets to the special care baby unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, with, from the left, nursery nurse Hazel Morrison, housekeeper Lynn Prest, sister debbie lawson, student nurse beth armitage and staff nurse Cielo Hirst.
Phoebe Whippey, 11, front left, and Emily Howarth, 16, front right, donate blankets to the special care baby unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, with, from the left, nursery nurse Hazel Morrison, housekeeper Lynn Prest, sister debbie lawson, student nurse beth armitage and staff nurse Cielo Hirst.

Two special girls returned to the unit where they were treated as babies at Calderdale Royal Hospital to donate desperately-needed blankets.

Cash totalling £1,600 was raised through the Barkisland Race for a Laugh - an annual 5k fun run on New Year’s Day - to share between Overgate Hospice and CRH’s special care baby unit.

Committee member Gail Herring said: “Two of our committee members have a child or grandchild who was treated in the Special Care Baby Unit and we thought that rather than just sending a cheque it would be good for the children involved to go and hand over to the unit what our fundraising had bought for them. The unit told us they were desperately in need of baby blankets.”

Louise Scrimshaw’s granddaughter Emily, now 16, was born eight weeks premature and said as a family they are so grateful for the devoted care and attention they had a the unit.

Lisa Whippey’s daughter Phoebe, now 11, was born 15 weeks early, weighing just 1lb 10z. Lisa said: “If it were not for the staff at Halifax my little lady wouldn’t be here. They brought her into the world and gave her a fighting chance.”